USTC Library was established in 1958. It has made considerable progress with respect to personal, information resources and facilities over 40 years. USTC Library consists of Central Library, East Branch Library and South Branch Library with a total construction area of 35,000 square meters. USTC Library consists of the reference department, acquisition department, system department, cataloging department, series department, circulation department, office and other departments. The library staff number is 98. It is equipped with advanced facilities, and offers comprehensive services.
All book stacks open-shelfed and over 3,000 seats available in all 19 reading rooms. It can provide all the readers, the faculty and students, with various services like lending, reading and photocopying. Furthermore, its 3 branches, respectively in the west, east and south campus, are all equipped with book-return-boxes for the convenience of readers. It basically can meet the demands of teaching and research. More than 3600 seats are available for faculty members and students in 26 reading rooms.
The library has a collection of 1.51 million volumes of foreign and Chinese books, together with a large variety of periodicals (4,000 kinds of printed foreign language periodicals and 3,000 kinds of Chinese periodicals). Each year, the numbers increase at the rate of about 80,000 volumes of Chinese books and 2,000 volumes of foreign language books. In addition, the library orders 400 kinds of foreign periodicals in original, and 3,000 kinds of Chinese periodicals each year. And all collections are provided OPAC inquiry. The quantity and quality of books and journals holdings are characteristic of USTC. They are concentrated on science and technology in the fields of mathematics, physics, chemistry, astronomy, geology, biology, electronics and so on. Research resources have occupied considerable proportion.
Electronic resources are abundant and have covered all research fields at USTC. They can fulfill the need of research sufficiently. Now USTC Library has many famous foreign language abstract databases such as Web of science, Web of proceedings, JCR, Ei, INSPEC, CA, PQDD and others foreign language full text databases such as Elsevier, Springer, JohnWiley, EBSCO, IEL, PQDD, SPIE, ACS, ACM, APS, AIP, IOP, RSC, OSA, ASME, ASCE, Science, Nature, Cell and others; Chinese databases such as the CNKI academic periodicals, WanFang data resource system, the Vip resource system, the photocopying materials of the Renmin University of China and Superstar e-book system, the Apabi e-book system and others. Through the campus network the faculty and students may use 600,000 volumes of Chinese e-books, 50,000 volumes of foreign language e-books, 12,000 kinds of foreign language electronic periodicals, 8,000 kinds of Chinese electronic periodicals, 20,000 kinds of PQDD (ProQuest Digital Dissertations). "Novelty Search Center of USTC attached to the Chinese Academy of Science” was established in the Library by the Chinese Academy of Science in 2004 aiming at providing novelty search service for all the researchers inside the university or outside as well as in enterprises.
USTC Library lays emphasis on the application of advanced information technology. It has devised 1000 MB/s Fast Ethernet, and the Virtual LAN between its branches. The automatic management of information processing and resources services has been brought into practice.
Thanks to "State's 211 Project" and "Construction of Top-level Universities", USTC Library has become a combination of traditional and digital library. According to the evaluation from a series of factors including collection, electronic resources, electronic devices and services, it ranks high among university libraries of China.
In the past decades, USTC Library has played a pioneer role in modernization of library in China. We are readily to cooperate and exchange information with institutions all over the world. We hope to embrace tomorrow's honor and prosperity. The wish will be realized in the nearest future.